Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Woman of Faith

The Book of Mormon tells a story about two thousand young warriors, dedicated to God.  Within this story there is a scripture that many mothers cling to.  These young men are described as having great courage and great faith.  And in Alma 56:48 they say, "We do not doubt our mothers knew it."  They trusted that God would protect them because their mothers had taught them this.

As a mother, I want to teach my children well.  I want to teach them truth.  And I want to help them become good people.  I also want them to be people of faith.  I want them to know God and trust that He will protect them and guide them if they will invite Him into their lives.  But there is only so much that I can do to make this happen.

My children must choose for themselves.  And that's scary.  They may choose to leave the church.  They may choose to disregard all that I have taught them.  They may go against everything I believe in.

All I can do is love them, teach them, and be a woman of faith myself.

Being a woman of faith is more than just believing or knowing that God is there.  It's more than trusting in Him.  It's more than telling my children that they are His children and He loves them. 

It's about living a life of faith.  It's about putting into action those things I believe.  As it says in James 2:26 "faith without works is dead."  I may believe in being honest but if I do not practice it, my faith benefits no one.  No matter what principles I believe, if I don't live those principles my faith in them will mean nothing.  And proclaiming belief while living in opposition to that claim does not teach faith to my children.

I cling to the story of the two thousand stripling warriors.  I live a life of faith for myself, but also for my children.  I want to model the behavior I'd like to see in them.  I try to be a good person.  I try to please my Father in Heaven.  I try to set a good example.

And occasionally I am rewarded for my efforts.  Several months ago I heard my son speak of his feelings and how difficult it was when his father left the church.  And then he said, "But I knew my mom still believed."  He talked about how he relied on that and how it gave him the strength to stay committed.  And then a few months later I got to hear him say that he'd found a testimony of his own.

These were incredibly humbling experiences for me.  I am so grateful for a teenage son who is willing to share his feelings with me.  I am grateful that he trusts me.  And I am grateful that he is finding out for himself, that he is becoming a man of faith.

8 comments:

  1. powerful. As a mom...I want the same...as a survivor....I want it even more.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day! I really appreciate it!!

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  3. Aw, my brother is so cool.

    Thanks for this new (to me) perspective on the 2,000 stripling warriors. I've always just thought of that story as an excuse to think of myself as a soldier. I love a good battle.

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  4. Great words to ponder. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. In so many ways your post is the same as mine about a formula for parenting. Because really our job is to love Christ and love our kids. And we can't control the every decisions our kids make. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. This in a way made me think of 1 Cor 13:1. When we lived in Asia I often thought of God protecting us while we were there, but then I saw and heard of many who were beaten and died for their faith. God does give his protection, but sometimes I think it's more of a Heavenly protection...of knowing we will always be with him no matter what! I loved your post! Thanks for stopping by today!

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  7. Great post! I think about that too - when my son grows up, will be make good choices? And you're right - if we set a good example, our children will more than likely follow it. :)

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  8. What a great reward as a mom. I too hope my kids will choose to be people of faith when they are grown. My son helped my husband gave me a blessing today for the first time, which was a definite mom-reward. The story of the Stripling Warriors is one of my favorites.

    Thanks for coming by my blog today- via SITS. I love this post. Will have to read more and also follow you. Feel free to follow me back.

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